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Travel Ideas in October

Best places to travel in October 2020

October is a great time to immerse yourself completely in another culture. Head to India and join millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for Diwali, the five-day ‘Festival of Lights’. Experience the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival with the locals in Myanmar, where revered Buddha images are paraded around Inle Lake in an elaborate barge for over 20 days. Or discover the historical sites in Jordan, where the lifting of the summer heat allows you to explore in comfort the Roman ruins at Jerash, and biblical sites such as Mt Nebo and the desert of Wadi Rum.

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Clear, blue skies and more settled weather make October a good time for trekking in Nepal. And for us, this is when the Indian Ocean is at its best, with dry, comfortable weather across the Seychelles and Mauritius. This is also a good time for safaris in Namibia, where the vegetation is fading and game gathers around waterholes as the landscape becomes increasingly arid.

Tours we recommend in October

Trip suggestions that we know capture a route at its best if you’re planning to travel in October.

  • Marrakesh & the High Atlas Mountains

    • Explore the ancient medina of Marrakesh with a private guide, visiting historic palaces and peaceful gardens.

    • Watch street performers and sample Moroccan street food in Jemaa el Fna square.

    • Try your hand at bartering in the souq and watch craftsmen at work.

    • Go trekking with a private guide in the High Atlas Mountains and visit a Berber village.

    7 days from €1,740pp

  • Deluxe Luxor and the Red Sea

    • See Luxor's West Bank tombs with their well-preserved decoration.

    • Visit Luxor temple.

    • Relax by the Red Sea.

    • Enjoy the spa facilities at Hilton Luxor.

    • Snorkel amongst tropical fish in the Red Sea's coral reefs.

    8 days from €2,105pp

  • Istanbul to Kas

    • Marvel at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

    • Experience the delights of Turkish cuisine.

    • See the limestone terraces of Pamukkale.

    • Take a boat trip out to the sunken city of Kekova.

    8 days from €2,380pp

  • Marrakesh, the High Atlas & Essaouira

    • Immerse yourself in the souqs of Marrakesh and see craftsmen busy at their trade.

    • Learn about Marrakesh’s past by visiting its grand palaces, mosques and gardens with a guide.

    • Stay in a traditional riad, each of which has its own distinctive character.

    • Soak up the laid-back, bohemian atmosphere of Essaouria’s historic medina and fishing port.

    • Go hiking in the High Atlas Mountains and visit traditional Berber villages.

    10 days from €2,480pp

  • Cairo, Luxor & Aswan Overland

    • Explore the Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur.

    • Discover the temples and tombs of Luxor's West Bank.

    • Visit the lesser known temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo.

    • Take in the varied antiquities in Cairo Museum.

    • Relax and visit Philae Temple in Aswan.

    • Explore the temples of Karnak and Luxor on the East Bank.

    9 days from €2,580pp

  • Naples and the island of Ischia

    • Discover the original relics from Pompeii on a privately guided tour of Naples Archaeological Museum.

    • Hike the panoramic trails of Ischia and enjoy lunch at a traditional agritourismo.

    • Explore the cosmopolitan city of Naples on a guided walking tour.

    • Relax at Ischia’s thermal baths and beaches.

    7 days from €2,630pp

  • The Grape Escape: Cape Town & Winelands self-drive

    • Enjoy the museums, restaurants and shops of Cape Town.

    • Take a cable car up to the top of Table Mountain for incredible views of the city below.

    • Visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned during apartheid.

    • Enjoy a full day guided tour of the Cape Point and Peninsula and see the jackass penguin colony on Boulders Beach.

    • Indulge in fine food to accompany the great wines of Franschhoek and the surrounding vineyards.

    11 days from €2,765pp

  • Bali uncovered

    • The chance to see traditional buffalo racing in west Bali.

    • Snorkel in the clear warm waters of the north coast.

    • Relax with a stay at a tented camp on the slopes of Mount Batukaru.

    • Visit the iconic temple of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan at Lake Bratan.

    • Explore the markets and galleries around Ubud.

    15 days from €2,870pp

  • Kathmandu Valley discovered

    • Visit Kathmandu's Durbar Square and the house of the 'living Goddess'.

    • Enjoy a day trek in Kathmandu valley, with views of terraced fields and distant Himalayan peaks.

    • Explore the markets of Bhaktapur, famous for its rich history of arts and crafts including wood carving, pottery and weaving.

    • Have dinner overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage monument of Bodnath Stupa while monks chant in the evening air.

    12 days from €2,870pp

  • North India Uncovered

    • Experience the contrast between Old and New Delhi.

    • Enjoy the breath taking views of the Taj Mahal.

    • Take a guided tour of Gwalior's little-visited Fort.

    • Explore Khajuraho's quirky temples.

    • See the evening pooja (prayers) in Varanasi.

    12 days from €2,890pp

  • Cairo & Beach

    • Marvel at the Pyramids of Giza.

    • Browse the fabulous Cairo Museum.

    • Dive on the reefs of the Red Sea.

    • Shop in Cairo's bustling souqs.

    • Explore the capital's '1000 minarets'.

    11 days from €2,940pp

  • Western Cape self-drive discovery

    • Enjoy a shared tour of the magnificent Cape Point and Cape Peninsula.

    • Take a private tour of Robben Island to learn about South Africa’s apartheid history.

    • Go wine tasting at the various estates in and around Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

    • Enjoy game drives in a private nature reserve, looking for zebra, wildebeest and antelope.

    • Relax and stroll on the beach in the laid-back coastal town of Paternoster.

    15 days from €2,995pp

  • Family Getaway

    • Relax and enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches on Mauritius.

    • Explore the island's coastline by kayak or canoe.

    • Savour the decadent cuisine and attention to detail in one of the hotel's seven restaurants.

    • Take advantage of the many children's activities at the Belle Mare Plage.

    10 days from €3,060pp

  • Oman self-drive tour

    • Wander Muscat's charming old city.

    • Discover Nizwa's mountains and forts.

    • Wake up to sunrise over the Wahiba Sands.

    • Shop for spices in the city souks.

    • Watch turtles nest at Ras Al Junaiyz.

    9 days from €3,110pp

  • Lisbon & the Algarve: Portugal Self-Drive

    • Tour Lisbon’s historical heart and sample some local delicacies.

    • Explore the eccentric palaces and gardens of Sintra.

    • Visit Roman ruins in the historic city of Évora in the heart of the Alentejo countryside.

    • Learn how to cook traditional Algarvian Cataplana.

    • Hike the Algarve coastline near Lagos.

    10 days from €3,120pp

  • Highlights of Lisbon & Marrakesh

    • Experience the best of Lisbon on a guided tour through the city's historic districts.

    • Witness the whimsical architecture of Sintra's palaces.

    • Hike Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains and visit a local family for a cup of mint tea.

    • Immerse yourself in the spice-scented souqs of Marrakesh.

    • Tour the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.

    8 days from €3,145pp

  • The Golden Circle and west Iceland

    • Witness the mighty Geysir erupt as you explore the Golden Circle.

    • Learn about traditional Icelandic cuisine on a private food tour of Reykjavík.

    • Soak in the astounding scenery of the islands and mountains north of Snæfellsnes Peninsula on a boat trip with a fresh sushi feast served on board.

    • Explore Langjökull Glacier from tunnels which take you into the glacier itself.

    7 days from €3,155pp

  • Seychelles Family Adventure

    • Explore Praslin Island from a great central location

    • Snorkel on the colourful reefs off Mahe and Praslin

    • Visit the giant tortoises on nearby island La Digue

    • Enjoy a great range of activities and watersports

    13 days from €3,170pp

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Travel Ideas in January

Places to travel in January

As Christmas slopes into the distance and with cold weather still to come, travelling to find some sun is an appealing prospect for January. We recommend beach time in the west of Thailand in Krabi, Phuket and Koh Lanta. In Africa, the January rains break the Kalahari heat and the quenched plains spring to life. Journey to Botswana to watch the migration of wildebeest and zebra as they follow the scent of the fresh grazing. And January marks the start of another wildlife showpiece. It’s the whale watching season in Baja California on Mexico’s Pacific Coast and on a cruise you can sit alongside as hundreds of whales and dolphins leap, arch and twirl in and out of the ocean.

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Travel Ideas in February

Places to travel in February

February might be bleak in the top half of the world, but it’s summertime down south and New Zealand and southern Australia are basking in the life outdoors. Walking trails are open and you can stretch out on the beaches while they're at their best. In Hong Kong, 15-day-long festivities kick off in February, when ancient Chinese traditions combine with true multicultural modernity. Relive New Year’s there before spring boarding to dry and sunny Cambodia to extend your journey in Southeast Asia.

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Travel Ideas in March

Places to travel in March

Japan’s springtime blossom starts to pop open in March, and milder temperatures coupled with the showings of early plum blossom make it a good-value time to travel here ahead of the peak blossom season. In Bhutan, the subsiding cold is encouraging high-altitude rhododendrons to wake, while a number of colourful festivals take place. And a full spectrum of coloured powders plume in the air in Indian towns and villages as locals celebrate Holi festival. Our specialists can give you advice on how best to experience the ‘festival of colours’ as part of your trip to India.

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Travel Ideas in April

Places to travel in April

Travel to South America in April as nature offers wonderful bird watching in the Galapagos, including likely sightings of the fascinating mating ritual of the blue-footed booby. The Iguaçu Falls, bordering Brazil and Argentina, are also at their most dramatic after the summer rainfalls. In Morocco, the April climate is cool enough for you to explore Marrakesh’s souqs or hike the High Atlas Mountains in clearer air. And, if Easter falls in April, a trip in the Philippines is a window into the Spanish legacy of a ‘fiesta’ culture, and the weather is fantastic for the beaches.

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Travel Ideas in May

Places to travel in May

If you’re planning a May break, the sun is always out over Bali’s soft-sand beaches at a time of year before the crowds hit their peak. Planning in advance pays off, as some of our favourite hotels are quick to book up. On a cruise in Canada, off the west coast of Vancouver, you can spot migrating gray whales and their young, along with minke and killer whales. And for a trip in the mountain air, hike along the wildflower trails of the High Atlas in Morocco. The comfortable temperature allows you to enjoy the scenery by day and camp out in Bedouin-style tents by night.

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Travel Ideas in June

Places to travel in June

June marks the start of the dry season in southern Africa and the chance to see newly born game as you safari in Botswana. Newborn gorillas are given their names in a traditional festival in Rwanda each June and we can design you a trip there gorilla trekking, which pairs nicely with added time on safari in Kenya's Masai Mara. June is also an ideal time for visiting Costa Rica in the quieter green (or rainy) season when you’ll still find plenty of dry weather, quieter national parks and better views of the famous Arenal Volcano.

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Travel Ideas in July

Places to travel in July

Ladakh in India is an ideal destination for July, with warm weather and little rain to accompany the Himalayan scenery. Spend time in Leh immersing yourself in the Tibetan Buddhist culture and exploring the monasteries, lakes and high-altitude deserts. We also recommend the Manu Rainforest in Peru in the month of July. Few parks can match its incredible wildlife, which includes giant otters, caymans and flocks of macaws.

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Travel Ideas in August

Places to travel in August

In August, Africa plays backdrop to one of the great wildlife spectacles: the annual migration of over two million wildebeest from the Serengeti plains to the grasslands of the Masai Mara. In Colombia, the start of August heralds the annual flower festival in Medellin. It attracts visitors worldwide with more flowers than you’d imagine possible, fireworks and live music. Or travel to Kandy in Sri Lanka at the time of the Parahera Festival held at the Temple of the Tooth, where Buddha's tooth is said to rest. Get swept up in dancing and parades by torchlight.

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Places to travel in September

September kicks off the changing of the seasons in many regions, bringing with it shifting climates and bright landscapes. Before the wet season sets in, take a trip to Borneo and observe the orangutan at the Sepilok sanctuary in Kota Kinabalu. In Peru, September is the best time to take a hike to Incan city in the clouds Machu Picchu while there's still very little rain. And there’s no better place to witness the seasons change than in China, as the locals celebrate the harvest season across the country with the Mid-Autumnal Festival.

Places to travel

Travel Ideas in October

Places to travel in October

October is a great time to immerse yourself completely in another culture. Head to India and join millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for Diwali, the five-day ‘Festival of Lights’. Experience the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival with the locals in Myanmar, where revered Buddha images are paraded around Inle Lake in an elaborate barge for over 20 days. Or discover the historical sites in Jordan, where the lifting of the summer heat allows you to explore in comfort the Roman ruins at Jerash, and biblical sites such as Mt Nebo and the desert of Wadi Rum.

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Travel Ideas in November

Places to travel in November

Though the temperatures may begin to drop, November still offers plenty of opportunity for active adventure. Trek to the top of the world in the Himalaya Mountains in Nepal, and witness the sunrises over the tops of the peaks. Enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving in the warmer temperatures of the Red Sea in Egypt, where the water is a clear blue and the coral reefs teem with marine life. Or experience Vietnam by bicycle, along the countryside around the historic merchants' town of Hoi An or through the rice terraces and remote villages of Sapa.

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Travel Ideas in December

Places to travel in December

December brings celebrations of all shapes and sizes across the world. Embrace a wintry yet magical Christmas in Russia, where Gorky Park turns into an ice rink and sleigh rides are offered throughout the month. Top off your year joining in a New Year’s celebration in another part of the world. Travel to Brazil and watch the cariocas (Rio’s locals) dressed in white as they gather on a sunny Copacabana in tribute to the goddess of the sea. Or head to Australia for a New Year’s celebration of a lifetime in Sydney. Witness fireworks exploding off the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, while enjoying the summer temperatures.

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